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An 1898 xylophone recording of the Carnival of Venice with wild variations performed by Charles P. Lowe.

Carnival of Venice

Company Edison's National Phonograph Company
Cylinder # 3003
Category Xylophone solo
Title Carnival of Venice
Performed by Charles P. Lowe
Circa 1898
Announcement "Xylophone solo, Carnival of Venice, played by Mr. Charles P. Lowe.  Edison record."

The original composer of this popular folk song is not certain, but over the years many have created their own adaptations and variations providing a wide variety of arpeggios, ostinatos, glissandos and other musical pyrotechnics for their chosen instruments.   Here Charles Lowe, Edison's primary xylophonist from 1897-1901, is given his task in this fine 1898 recording.

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